WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida man has been convicted of killing his girlfriend's infant son.
A Palm Beach County jury found 22-year-old Carlos Rivera guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. He faces life in prison.
According to the Palm Beach Post, autopsy photos showed 11-month-old Christiano Belle-Felix had a black eye and burned hand. Medical experts say he died in December 2009 from blunt force trauma he suffered during a time he was left alone with Rivera.
Defense attorneys tried to convince jurors that the boy's mother, Jessica Belle-Chaves, could have been the one responsible for the baby's death. Belle-Chaves testified that she'd lived in virtual captivity for weeks with Rivera